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Worst anniversary gift ever... or best, if you're into that.
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D show remains Jason's (Ryan Kwanten) run-in
with the vagrant werepanther
uilty pleasure addicts is almost too uncomfort-
able to watch, while Arlene's (Car-
pite stagnation rie Preston) baby mama drama is
nothing short of ridiculous.
By KELLY ETZ The addition of so many new
DailyArts Writer characters has the vampires tak-
ing a back seat for most of the
e midst of a hugely popu- fourth season, withEric's (Alexan-
spire phenomenon, "True der Skarsgard) loss of memory and
emerged as the vampire subsequent irrational kindness as
o watch. the only major twist. At least it's a
by Alan change of pace, but it's easy to miss
Six Feet the throat-ripping, skull-crushing,
and True Blood Viking badass. And who wouldn't?
to life Eric's total rejection of anything
BO, the Season 4 Finale resembling sentimentality is what
as much HB0 made him so enjoyable to watch in
tatement the first place.
contem- Sundays at 9 p.m. The romance between Eric and
society Sookie finally comes to a head but
tn ass-kicking, blood-suck- is ultimately unexciting. With
11 ride. new story arcs popping up all
tn four begins a year after the time, the love triangle drama
le of season three, provid- between Eric, Sookie and Bill
much-needed time lapse. (Stephan Moyer) feels tired and
s seasons have returned to overworked. When Sookie finally
y only about a week later, makes her non-choice and cuts ties
little room for character with both, the whole drawn-out
In jumping a year ahead, messajust proves extra pointless. A
es is finally allowing the lot of similarly pointless storylines
ers to move on with their weigh the season down, most of
which are not completely wrapped
that the leap forward up in the season finale. This leaves
ave its blind spots: It pro- a lot of loose threads to deal with
everal inane and ultimate- in season five.
ingless plot threads, with As compared to previous "True
ers meandering in all sorts Blood" season finales, this one is
tions. Two of the worst: a bit anticlimactic, with a lot of

talk but minimal action. The most
notable scene in the episode is
the death of Tara. Since she's not
a beloved character, it's almost a
relief to see her go. The finale also
wraps up the conflict with Mar-
nie (Fiona Shaw, "Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows Part 1")
the necromancer, but doesn't give
enough credence to the death of
Jesus (Kevin Alejandro, "South-
land"), who emerged as a season
hero of sorts. In the end, it elicits
more laughable moments than
was probably intended, especially
with the emergence of the ghosts,
which goes beyond cheesy.
Previously, "True Blood" has
been much more believable. While
the premise is pure fantasy, the
beauty of previous seasons lay
in their ability to set up this fic-
tional world in a fairly realistic
setting. The original starting
point of the series was that vam-
pires had "come out of the coffin"
into normal society. In that way,
"True Blood" worked asa satire on
modern culture as well as an over-
the-top mash of blood, sex and vio-
lence.
Though season four did prove
entertaining, it stretched itself a
little too far and ended up losing
that all-important connection to
reality. And though "True Blood"
remains the epitome of a guilty
pleasure, the uninspired sea-
son four proved even HBO isn't
immune to a misstep.

By ANNA SADOVSKAYA
Daily Arts Writer
Donovan Hohn, author of the
best-selling book "Moby-Duck,"
recipient of the Whiting Writ-
er's Award and features editor
of GQ magazine, had not always
planned on becoming a writer.
"When I was 11 years old I
had narrowed it down to three
things," Hohn said in an inter-
view with The Michigan Daily.
"It was between marine biolo-
gist, poet and priest. By process
of elimination I became a poet."
After nixing priesthood and
falling short in a chemistry class
in high school, Hohn turned to
poets and authors for guidance
on living the life of a writer.
"I had this notion, per-
haps because I read Thoreau's
'Walden,' that I would choose to
live modestly and make it work,
which was idealistic and naive,"
Hohn said.
After graduating from Bos-
ton University with a Master of
Arts, Hohn spent the next few
years in New York City living
out his "starving artist" dream
and bartending at a caf6. When
his wife decided to go back to
school, Hohn applied with her
and the two were accepted to
the University. Both graduated
from the University with Mas-
ter of Fine Arts degrees. Gradu-
ates of the University's MFA
program often go on to become
tenured-track professors at
universities all over the Unit-
ed States, and many have won
prestigious literary awards.
Hohn's decision to return to
school was based on his less-
than-positive experience at Bos-
ton University in the Master of
Arts program. Hohn felt he was
too young and inexperienced for
that program.
"But the two years at Michi-
gan were transformative for me,"
he said. "The exposure and the
involvement that this program
requires of its writers in the aca-
demic community - I loved it."
Hohn spent the two years
immersed in the culture and the
intellectual world of the Univer-
sity, where he finally felt com-
fortable and at ease with the
direction his writing took.
"It affected my writing in
wonderful ways, and it was really
here that I felt the voice that was

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ne," Hohn said. "It felt like admitted that, considering the
through during those two distance he physically and liter-
arily traveled, it was difficult to
n received multiple Hop- pinpoint one style that the work
Awards during his time took on.
University. Among other "It could be thought of as
in 2008 he received the travel writing, science writing
ig award, which is given and environmental reporting,"
ters without forewarning Hohn said. "For me it's not such
wledge of nomination. He an unclassifiable mongrel: It is
while he was finishing his a travel narrative, and many of
book, "Moby-Duck: The the books I was thinking about
tory of 28,800 Bath Toys and influenced by use that travel
t Sea and of the Beach- narrative form."
rs, Oceanographers, He added: "Like travel writ-
nmentalists, and Fools, ing, the stories I like the most
ing the Author, Who are both journeys through space
and time, but also journeys of
the mind where your thoughts
Duck' a begin in one place and end in
another, which is what essays do
vel narrative and the book merges those two
concepts together."
out bath toys Hohn discussed this and
t s other topics on his current visit
Hohn's first. to the University as a speaker of
the Zell Visiting Writers Series.
The series brings acclaimed
writers to the University com-
n Search of Them." The munity, providing the the oppor-
a marriage of non-fiction tunity to communicate with and
'himsical travel journal- learn more about the visiting
lls the story of a batch of writers.
st at sea in 1992. Before joining the MFA pro-
ired by authors such as gram at the University, Hohn
le, Evan Connell and David spent his time at Harper's maga-
men, "Moby-Duck" sends zine as an editor, havingchanced
on a wild goose chase. upon the position due to the
at started as a former stu- large number of Harper's mem-
essay on his love of rubber bers dining at the cafe Hohn
turned into Hohn's prima- worked at. Hohn was recently
rest. He began to research asked to join the staff at GQ,
t bunch of toys, speaking editing its long-form journal-
lotsam hunters in Alaska, ism. He plans to continue there
ographers whose job it is for the time being but is already
trol debris accumulating planning a second book.
and various toy manufac- "I am beginning to carefully
who shipped toys all over move towards a second (book),"
'rld. Hohn said. "I've got a couple
zn did not plan for his jour- ideas so I'm going to embark on
rough his first book to take another journey, but I hope it
n an actual trip around the won't be so much time at sea and
When asked about the away from my family."

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RELEASE DATE- Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

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sound
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band
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